On Wednesday 11 May, Akagera National Park’s management team visited the Kigali Genocide Memorial to remember the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. The group also visited the Memorial museum in order to learn more about the history of the Genocide, and fighting genocide Ideology. Among the guests were Jes Gruner, Park Manager/CEO, Philbert Nzwinayo, Financial controller, Joseph Karama, Community Liaison Manager, and Sarah Hall, Tourism and Marketing Manager.
The team began their visit at the memorial by laying wreaths on the mass graves, which are the final resting place for over 250,000 victims of the 1994 Genocide, followed by a tour of the memorial’s exhibition to learn more about the causes and consequences of the Genocide, and how to prevent it in the future. The team ended their visits by leaving messages of hope in the memorial’s guestbook.
“May the souls of victims rest in peace! We must never allow genocide to happen anywhere in the world again. Among tourists who visit the park, some become interested in getting information about genocide too. We came to visit here so that we can get a true story that we can give them” Jes Gruner, Park Manager
“We learned so much about genocide in this visit at Kigali Genocide Memorial. Some of our employees were not born during genocide, so they came here in order to learn from what happened. In addition, we visited this memorial site in order to pay respect to genocide survivors. Philbert Nzwinayo, Financial controller
About the Akagera National Park:
The Akagera National Park is situated in the eastern part of Rwanda and covers 1,200 km² along the Tanzanian border. It was founded in 1934 to protect animals and vegetation in three eco-regions: savannah, mountain and swamp. The management team of the park travelled to Kigali City for Kwibuka22.